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Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.2133  Monday, 20 December 2004

[1]     From:   Norman Hinton <
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        Date:   Thursday, 16 Dec 2004 11:23:17 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.2122 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"

[2]     From:   Charles Weinstein <
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        Date:   Thursday, 16 Dec 2004 19:28:52 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.2122 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"

[3]     From:   D Bloom <
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        Date:   Friday, 17 Dec 2004 11:23:43 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.2122 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"


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From:           Norman Hinton <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Dec 2004 11:23:17 -0600
Subject: 15.2122 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.2122 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"

"judging from the trailer" -- what a wonderful way to approach film
criticism !  Of course Weinstein's other remarks show that he doesn't
need facts to form opinions.

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From:           Charles Weinstein <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Dec 2004 19:28:52 -0500
Subject: 15.2122 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.2122 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"

We are asked to believe that Pacino--who has devoted his career to
contemporary vernacular roles--who has played only two other
Shakespearean parts in his life--who hasn't a grain of period sense--who
can neither speak nor connect with the language--whose voice has
deteriorated into a sandpaper rasp--who was trashed so badly for his
theatrical Richard that he boggled at giving a film performance and
instead produced a cop-out documentary about his "search" for the
character--who turned the witty, charismatic Gloucester into a shabby,
croaking, monotonous bore both on stage and on screen--we are asked to
believe that this man has suddenly become a highly-skilled classical
actor, a master of verse-speaking, a credible denizen of the 16th
century.  And it is the British who are asking us to believe this, they
who went gaga over Richard Chamberlain's ridiculous Hamlet and who
rained accolades upon Pacino's inept Richard III.   I could more easily
believe in God.

--Charles Weinstein

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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Friday, 17 Dec 2004 11:23:43 -0600
Subject: 15.2122 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.2122 Al Pacino in "The Merchant of Venice"

I think many of the people on this list need a refresher course in Swift.

CW may go overboard at times, but at least he says something.

Cheers,
don

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